Quick minor correction here, I believe that the files starting with a period 
are not listed when using the ls command, unless you specify the dash a option.

So I believe the command should be ls -a /var/db 

take care,

Jonathan  Cohn 
> On Apr 12, 2018, at 12:46 AM, Tim Kilburn <kilbu...@me.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Try this:
> 
> • Restart your Mac into Recovery mode.
> • Go up to the Menubar, to Utilities and down to Terminal.
> • In Terminal enter "ls /var/db" then press return.
> • Navigate through the resulting list and see if there is an item named 
> ".AppleSetupDone".
> • if there is, then our job is to remove it.
> • Type rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
> • Type ls /var/db again and check the resulting list.
> • if that file is gone, life is good.
> • Quit Terminal and restart your Mac.
> 
> If that doesn't allow you access to the .AppleSetupDone file, then I'd use an 
> external HD with MacOS installed to startup from.  Then using the same 
> commands in Terminal, remove the .AppleSetupDone file from the internal 
> drive.  Because you've started from an external source, you'll need to first 
> switch over to the internal drive by using the command "cd 
> /volumes/Macintosh\ HD.  The back slash is required when there is a space in 
> the volume title as we don't want Terminal to read that space for other 
> purposes.
> 
> I haven't done this in a while, so can confirm the first method tomorrow 
> morning on a different machine than this one.  The second method would work 
> for sure.
> 
> Later...
> 
> Tim Kilburn
> Apple Teacher
> Fort McMurray, AB Canada
> 
> On Apr 11, 2018, at 21:06, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com 
> <mailto:ancient.ali...@icloud.com>> wrote:
> 
>   Ever done clean installs? I installed HS soon after its release. Google 
> will bring up this issue in the first couple months after release.
> 
>   I wish I could confirm for a fact I either had the admin account then or 
> not. I do not now, just my normal user account. Simon, time for you to show 
> up!
> 
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> On 4/11/2018 7:21 PM, Jonathan Cohn wrote:
>> Really! I have had two accounts on my MacOS X systems one regular and one 
>> admin since before there was VoiceOver available. Certainly when I did my 
>> upgrades my standard account stayed standard and my admin account stayed 
>> admin. In Sierra and Earlier it was impossible to finish an install unless 
>> one of the accounts was an admin account. I don’t believe one can install 
>> any programs in /Applications unless you have an admin account. Well, 
>> perhaps Simon will have an idea for you so just hang in there and wait for 
>> the sun to rise on NZ.
>>> On Apr 11, 2018, at 9:56 PM, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com 
>>> <mailto:ancient.ali...@icloud.com>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>   No I did not realize I had no admin account. Until now I had no need for 
>>> it. Evidently this was a common problem when HS was first released.
>>> 
>>> From E.T.'s Keyboard...
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>>> Many believe that we have been visited
>>> in the past. What if it were true?
>>> 
>>> On 4/11/2018 6:51 PM, Jonathan Cohn wrote:
>>>> Is the current admin account not working on your system? If you lost the 
>>>> password for the admin account on your computer you might be able to use 
>>>> password recovery tools in the recovery partition, but I have never been 
>>>> very successful with this.
>>>> Or do you need “super root” privileges to get around parts of the 
>>>> filesystem that relocked to all software except the installer application?
>>>> Best Wishes,
>>>> Jonathan
>>>>> On Apr 11, 2018, at 9:20 PM, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com 
>>>>> <mailto:ancient.ali...@icloud.com>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>   Latest High Sierra. I need to create an admin account. I think this 
>>>>> means single user mod? Is there another way to do this?
>>>>> 
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